Jack Goldman died this month.
Mac? Windows? X11? You may think of visionaries who shaped technology as you know it. You might imagine that they were the original thinkers or visionary businessmen. You're wrong. The guy who laid the foundations started out trying to invent the electric car at Ford
, before being hired to Xerox creating the legendary PARC labs that invented computing as we know it; he lived to see his prediction
that "...any electric car produced in our lifetime will have to be a hybrid" come true.
posted by rodgerd
on Dec 24, 2011 -
Have you ever wanted to change the functionality of the GUI of a program that you didn't have the source code for? Prefab
is a tool that was made to allow you to do exactly that. [more inside]
posted by ArgentCorvid
on Apr 2, 2010 -
Since SRI and Xerox invented the GUI and the mouse in the late 1970s, technology has leaped forward, but the way we interact with our computers has stood still. "10/GUI aims to bridge this gap
by rethinking the desktop to leverage technology in an intuitive and powerful way."
posted by Plutor
on Oct 13, 2009 -
10 Futuristic User Interfaces. [...] we present 10 recent developments in the field of user experience design. Most techniques may seem very futuristic, but some of them are already reality. And in fact, they are extremely impressive. Keep in mind: they can become ubiquitous in the next years.
posted by soundofsuburbia
on Aug 18, 2008 -
It's not a bug, it's a feature: Carolin Horn has designed Anymails
, which represents your email messages and folders as micro-organisms. The morphology of the individual organisms and their behaviour within colonies imparts information about the state of your email. You can view QT movies of the application in action (1
), download her thesis
, and download the Anymails code
itself. See some of her other work here
(predominantly in German). via Madame Martin, the "French Metafilter"
posted by Rumple
on Aug 31, 2007 -
several corporate sponsors (ATI, nVidia, and others) are offering up $15,000
in prize money for the best GUI skin any designer can come up with for a few applications. while i think it's great to push for newer and better user interfaces, who do so many
of the designs seem to be pushing complexity over useability? wouldn't a better use of a GUI design prize be to encourage people to improve on a design rather than make it unintelligible? maybe the people pushing the designs need to take this quiz
posted by caution live frogs
on Apr 23, 2004 -
"We are now deep in the trackless swamps created by thoughtless, feckless UI design — full of glitz and GUI, signifying nothing." In The Luxury of Ignorance
, Eric Raymond attempts to set up a network printer in Linux.
posted by reklaw
on Apr 13, 2004 -
Nethack for the rest of us.
Ok, all you Nethack purists... sit on your hands for this one. Finally someone has come out with a graphical interface for the venerable ASCII game. Isometric, "Diablo" style -- Maybe it lacks some of the charm and character of the text version. At least I can see what the damn boulder and bear trap looks like. Windows/DirectX only.
posted by crunchland
on May 3, 2002 -
a decent stab by Stephen Levy from Newsweek/MSNBC at summarizing the changes afoot in desktop OS GUIs. Credit where credit is due for some notable Apple alums; more faith than is justified in .NET.
posted by m.polo
on Dec 5, 2000 -
Ok, here comes the firestorm. Joel on Software
has some very good things to say -- though, like most user-interface-design mavens, I think about 50% of the time that he hasn't comprehended what the problem really is... but in this piece
, he's wrong.
posted by baylink
on Aug 7, 2000 -
Wow, check Amazon's new holiday look
. They've added even more new product lines (home improvement, software, and video games). How many folder tabs can they stuff into that navigation bar?
posted by mathowie
on Nov 11, 1999 -
Tired of kill
ing those processes the old fashioned way? Get this Doom GUI
, and never do a kill -9
without your BFG again.
posted by tdecius
on Oct 27, 1999 -